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Extra-Curricular Activities (during lockdown)

Here we have brought together fun and interesting activities that students can do during the lockdown.


On now:  The Deep Blue Sea until 7pm on Thursday 16th July

On next:  Amadeus from 7pm on Thursday 16th - 7pm on Thursday 23rd July

  • BBC Culture in Quarantine - this looks amazing. Many arts performances including Wise Children,  Northern Ballet and Music from the Royal Opera House.
  • Royal Shakespeare Company - watch recent performances of Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and The Merchant of Venice. 
  • Gecko - adding more productions to YouTube and are setting up a project called Gecko Engage.
  • Headlong Theatre - digital theatre isolation project. 
  • Papatango theatre company - budding drama writers can try their hands at the Submit a Monologue
  • Hive North Theatre Company - Be more Martyn. Free to watch.
  • Kneehigh - theatre company in Cornwall. Website, social media and YouTube. Running a project 'Windows to the World' with daily creative challenges.


explore museums around the world

Explore these amazing museums online:

  • The British Museum: includes virtual tours, podcasts and online resources.
  • The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb and Los Angeles: this interestingly named museum takes a nostalgic look at old flames – and it’s really quite beautiful. Each item on display represents the donor’s ex, and the stories behind them range from uplifting to heartbreaking. Who knew an old toaster could be so poignant?
  • The Natural History Museum: includes behind the scenes insights, an online tour with Sir David Attenborough  and the chance to hang out with scientists online.

reading for pleasure  

The annual Hay Festival is going online for the first time this year for loads of interviews and events with your favourite authors, including Liz 'Tom Gates' Pichon , Cressida Cowell, Emma Carroll, Onjali Q. RaufMuhammad KhanMichelle PaverLaura BatesDean Atta and Jon Chase. You can watch them for free through the HayPlayer to learn more about the books  and writers that you love and pick up writing tips, too.

Here are some useful websites to make sure you have plenty to read and to remind you how many great books there are out there just waiting for you:

  • Lovereading4kids This is brilliant! You can search up books for your age group, authors, reviews and you can sign up for free to keep lists of things you're reading and would like to read. The KidsZone is full of activities, too.
  • Book Riot This is an American site, full of lists and recommendations. It has a Comics section and Audio books sections and recommendations of booky podcasts that you can listen to.
  • Sheffield Libraries Online Sheffield Libraries have a fantastic online library of eBooks and audiobooks, all FREE! You don't have to have a library card to join.
  • Audible Stories - this is an Amazon service offering lots of audiobooks across 8 different languages, all for FREE while schools are closed. You just need to sign up but it won't cost you anything and then you can have a book to listen to. If it's something the whole family can enjoy then you can settle down to enjoy it together and make it a part of your day. 
  • Hey YA podcast from great new books to favourite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, Hey YA is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.
  • Poet Laureate Simon Armitage (of 'Remains' fame) has written a national poem about the lockdown. It makes comparisons with Eyam in Derbyshire. Amateur poets have then written responses to Simon Armitage, such as student Sadie Souter at Why not do the same: we would LOVE to see your own poems. 
  • Comedian Frank Skinner has also started poetry podcasts that definitely worth listening to.
  • Check out these 10 Minute Challenges which are set daily by bestselling authors and illustrators. You can also watch authors talking about their books and learn a bit more about them.

tv and film club  


Please note that links are provided where possible. If there is no link you still may be able to purchase via different streaming services or on DVD.


Upstart Crow

It's very silly. It's got some brilliant catchphrases ("puffling pants"). And you will actually learn things that will get you marks in GCSE English Literature. Don't let that put you off.


The parents are outnumbered and outsmarted by their children in this remarkably realistic and consistently funny series. Surely one day they will make a 'lockdown' episode?!

BBC Dickens (all PG):

  • A Christmas Carol (Christmas 2019)
  • Our Mutual Friend (1998)
  • Martin Chuzzlewhit (1984)
  • Bleak House (2005)
  • Little Dorrit (2008)
  • Oliver Twist (1948)

BBC Jane Austin (all PG):

  • Persuasion
  • Emma
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Sense and Sensibility



Into Film offers lots of resources for young film buffs; from film guides, to tips on directing, how to story board, quizzes and much more. 



  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Bottom and Puck etc. in this really flash and funny adaptation, adapted for television by Russell T Davies (who created the modern day Doctor Who series).



  • Pride and Prejudice (PG)
  • Parades End (15)
  • Swallows and Amazons (PG)
  • The Age of Innocence (U)
  • A Room with a View (U)
  • The Remains of the Day (U)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (15)
  • The Secret Garden (due in cinemas April 2020) (U)
  • Great Expectations


film: Greek / Roman Mythology

  • Ben Hur (PG)
  • Spartacus (PG)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (PG)
  • The Clash of the Titans (12)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians (PG)
  • Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters (PG)
  • Troy (15)
  • The Story Teller - Greek Myths (Amazon) (U)
  • Beowulf (PG - 13)


film: Dystopian

  • Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay (12-15)
  • Maze Runner / Scorch Trials / Death Cure 12- (15)
  • Divergent / Allegiant / Insurgent (12-15)
  • Mortal Engines (12A)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (15)
  • 1984 (PG)


film:  Fantasy

  • Harry Potter (PG to 12A)
  • The Hobbit (12)
  • Lord of the Rings Series (12)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (PG)
  • Skellig (PG)


film: War

  • The 12th Man (15)
  • Diary of Anne Frank (12)
  • The Book Thief (PG-13
  • The Great Escape (PG)
  • Empire of the Sun (PG)
  • Schindler’s List (15)
  • Dunkirk (12)
  • Saving Private Ryan (15)
  • Hope and Glory (15)
  • Gallipoli (PG)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (15)
  • Atonement (15)


film: 18th and 19th Century

  • Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)
  • Alias Grace (15)
  • North and South (12)
  • The Mill (12) (Amazon)
  • Anne with an E (12) (Based on Anne of Green Gables)
  • Titanic (12)


film: American / American History

  • Gatsby (12)
  • 12 Years a Slave (15)
  • The Color Purple (15)
  • BlackKlansman (15)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (12)
  • Little Women (U)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (12)
  • The Outsiders (12)
  • Stand By Me (15)


film:  Gothic

  • The Woman in Black (15)
  • Jane Eyre (PG to 15 depending on adaptation)
  • Sleepy Hollow (12)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (PG)


film: Others

  • The Life of Pi (PG)
  • A Monster Calls (12A)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG)(Netflix series or film)                                            
  • The Hate U Give (12)


If you have suggestions for the TV and Film Club please send them to us via email here.

want to be a writer? 

With all this time at home, why not get writing? There are loads of useful resources online, including inspiration from other writers. Don't just dream about it - get writing!

  • The 500 words blog: this contains lots of interviews with writers, as well as advice for young people about writing.
  • Pobble 365: every day they post new material to inspire you to write!
  • BBC Writer's Room: if you ever want to write for TV, this is the place to start! As well as advice and examples of scripts, there are lots of interviews - including the latest one with former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies.
  • If you've written something you're proud of or want a focus for your writing, why not enter one (or more!) of these competitions?

ted talks 

TED is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to sharing important ideas on a variety of topics. TED brings together the world’s most innovative people to deliver short, powerful talks on issues that matter.

There are talks on every issue you can think of. Just go to the TED Talks website here and search.

art & photography  

Art Challenge idea Details


Loo roll challenge. #pinkfootloorollchallenge drawing onto a loo roll! Using anything from pen, pencil or biro draw anything!
Draw what you see outside a window in your house. #stayinside Draw what you see, including the frame!
Draw an eye. Use any material you like.
Draw you as a super hero. Draw yourself as a super hero, or your alter ego!
Chalk star. Use tape to draw out a star (or any other shape) then use chalk to colour in the spaces. Remove the tape!
Drawing different textured surfaces. Rust, Glass, Bark, Fabric, Brick, Stone, Fruit skin
Rust, Glass, Bark, Fabric, Brick, Stone, Fruit skin. Shape and take a photo!
Potato block printing. Students can make a repeat pattern on fabric or large sheet of paper (see Molly Mahon on IG) can be used to wrap a gift to an key worker.
Create a drawing of your pet using a variety of mark making. Use pen, pencil, biro or even charcoal from your fire.
Make a Giacometti style figure using sticks or wire. Research the artist and then see if you can create your own.
Find three objects which are important to you currently and arrange them into a still life composition. Draw them!
Take an everyday object and make a piece of art… Think about using spoons, fruit, pencils, keys, glasses, kitchen utensils.
Photograph 3 manmade and 3 natural surfaces close-up. Try using a "Macro" setting on your phone or camera.
Fill a vessel with water, create movement and photograph it.   You could add oil and food dye too.
Find three objects which are important to you currently and arrange them into a still life composition. Photograph them!
Dress up as an famous artist's portrait and get a family member to photograph you. Research famous artist paintings and try and recreate them using what you have at home.
Create a word by photographing things that look like letters Make links to the lock down....stay at home, family, isolation...
Photography something small looking big! Use your camera to make something small look big, a toy figure, piece of jewellery, etc
Crazy eyes. Stick eyes (these can be made using pen and paper or balls) and stick them on as many objects as you can find and photograph them!
Landart. Create artwork outside using things you can find in your garden (Andy Goldsworthy).
Create colour wheels Create colour wheels